Share new single, “Tending To Twenty”
Watch the video directed by Frankie Rose
Debut album, This New Heaven
out now on Night School Records
Fine Place is a new duo comprising Frankie Rose (Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls) and Matthew Hord (Running, Pop. 1280, Brandy). Based in Brooklyn, NYC together they’ve crafted a crystalline full length of nocturnal, electronic pop music that charts a way out the post-global, cyberpunk dystopian environment it was created in.
Their debut album This New Heaven drenches minimalist song structures in post-industrial washes of six-string delay and gothic post-punk synths.
Now they share new single, “Tending To Twenty“, along with a striking video created by Frankie Rose.
With the new single and mirrored into the accompanying film, Fine Place continue to craft the most immersive, cosmic creations with complex hooks at the centre of the ensemble. The rhythmic passages immediately come into focus, building on these coarse textures and sonically alluring synth sounds the expressive enviornment pulls you into the depth of its mammoth arrangement. The deep-seated pattern becomes the melodic force to the release. Shimmering notes cascade through the intimate ambiance that Fine Place has carefully crafted, this exploration and the innovative vision for this single is focused on the immersive atmosphere throughout. When the track ends, you once again long to be back in the world that Fine Place has built.
Fine Place say of the song and accompanying video:
“Tending To Twenty was directed and shot by Frankie Rose. A psychedelic, monochromatic montage of static with shades of horror visuals and abstractions, it echoes the gauze of sound of the track, playing with distance and intimacy, light and shade”
Following Hord’s relocation from Chicago, the pair wanted to explore new avenues apart from their respective bands or solo projects. “The sound we were going for was an attempt to capture the dystopian feel of New York during a period of desertion by the wealthy. It was produced in a time-frame saturated in both uncertainty and serenity, and the soundscapes we created felt fitting and almost organic as a response to our surroundings. The title also reflects this in an arguably literal, maybe even satirical way.”
Sonically, Fine Place references the pioneering mid-to-late 80s pioneers of icy melodrama The Cure and Cocteau Twins, while reflecting both the individuals’ music trajectories thus far. Modular synthesis triggers rhythm boxes and fluttery arps chirp around clanging 808-patterning as Rose’s reverb-laden vocal layering envelops the remaining headroom. The result is massive; a towering, shadowy music that embraces darkness while offering Rose’s bright vocal as chinks of light in the cracks; the production filling the head space of the beholder with preternatural imagery and emotional resonances that are real but not quite defined.
The title song propels forth out of the fog, scintillating with delayed guitar before the reverb-immersed vocal injects the human drama. The chorus constantly teases a big release but holds back creating a taut, dynamic tension. Cover Blind’s slow march makes full use of Rose’s layered vocal sinking and emerging from Hord’s bank of synths. Stand out It’s Your House is pure honey pouring from the speaker on a bank of of arps and near-hymnal vocal layering, a syrupy light offering in the mist. It’s an emotive highlight that only increases as the album progresses; Impressions Of Me is the Lynchian ballad that glides onward into the sunset. The album finishes on a choice re-interpretation of the 1989 track The Party Is Over by Belgian group Adult Fantasies, one of the great over-looked ballads of the era given an almost ecclesiastical makeover by Matthew Hord and Frankie Rose in 2021.
This New Heaven is an ecstasy of sorts, a half-dream in the liminal space between sleep and daylight.
The release will also have an exclusive Dinked Edition, on “Cornetto” effect red and white vinyl + bonus flexi, poster and obi, limited to 500. More info here.